My Hair Care Routine + Reviews (Aussie, Kirkland, Nexxus, OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask)

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OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask.

I stopped using Aussie hair care products. My hair didn’t like those products at all after months and months of using them. My hair would get extremely dry, crispy, and feel coarse from the shampoo. I had issues using it on my scalp as well. It dried out my scalp and made it itchy. The conditioner didn’t leave my hair moisturized. My hair just felt like hay using these products. It felt and looked awful. I didn’t see improvements in my hair. Aussie is a pretty inexpensive brand, but I can’t do this to my hair anymore. I needed to dump these hair care products and…yes…spend a little bit more.

I ended up trying Kirkland Signature Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner were a total failure. It felt like it cleansed my hair without stripping it dry at first, but it was because my previous shampoo and conditioner did more damage to my hair. Kirkland worked a tad better for my hair. But it wasn’t for me after using it for some time. I finished them and tossed them out. I needed products that was even more moisturizing. I didn’t purchase it again. I searched for something else…

So! I picked up Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been using it for most of the summer and now in the fall. The difference in my hair between switching to the Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner from Aussie hair care products was night and day. My hair didn’t feel as dry anymore. My scalp felt healthier. The itchiness and dryness stopped. My hair started to feel more full and lively. Not heavy. The Nexxus shampoo and conditioner smells really good. It’s fresh and light. It’s not heavily scented. Perfect as is. My hair looked much smoother and healthier. I loved the results.

But! I wish it was a little bit more moisturizing. I wasn’t getting it from the Neexxus shampoo and conditioner. I went out and purchased OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask. This is an affordable hair mask. I needed a hair mask quick because my hair needed a little pick-me-up. I mean, a ton of help, haha. This is what OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask is supposed to do:

I’ve been using OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask for nearly a month now. I don’t use it every day. I use it once a week. It’s been OK. The smell of the product is pretty overwhelming (to me). I wish it was more moisturizing. Maybe my hair is just too dry right now. Maybe I need to bump up my usage to twice a week. I’ve been dealing with dry ends for a while. I need something to revive them a ton. Once I finish OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask, I won’t purchase it again. I just think it’s OK. I want to try out other hair masks/deep conditioning treatments first.

artnaturals Argan Oil & Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner

I did purchase a new set of shampoo and conditioner. They are artnaturals Argan Oil & Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner.

That sounds perfect! I’ve only used it for less than a week. So far, it’s been alright. The shampoo doesn’t foam up that much. Seems like I need to use a little bit more to clean my hair. I have a lot of hair. At first, I used 1 pump of shampoo and tried to distribute the product all over my scalp and down to my hair strands. It wasn’t enough. 2 pumps of product is where it’s at for my hair. I wish it was more foamy, but that’s OK. I can deal with it as long as it leaves my hair clean. It has for the times I used it. As for the conditioner, I wish more product would come out. Once again, I have a lot of hair, long hair. I tend to use more conditioner than shampoo. I’m not too impressed with the conditioner. I’ll have to use it a bit longer to see if it’s good or not. Both products haven’t dried out my hair. My hair feels moisturized and clean. Not too bad yet. But we’ll have to see when I use it for a bit longer.

I did pick up another deep conditioning treatment. I haven’t used it yet. It’s the Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask. It’s a deep conditioning and hydrating treatment for softer, silkier, and healthier looking hair (as it says on the packaging). I haven’t even opened it yet. Here it is.

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

Let’s see how this one goes…next time… 🙂

May & June Skin Care Empties

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Coppertone Defend Care Clear Zinc 50

I’ve gone through a bunch of skin care products. Let’s get started!

Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream:

I was able to finish one jar of Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream. I have one more and am trying to finish that one too. So my thoughts on this product are not so good. I thought it was working out for me in the beginning, but it was making my skin worse. It didn’t leave my skin feeling moisturized either. Just greasy and oily. It made me break out as well. I tried using it only as an eye/neck cream. I didn’t like it as an eye cream. As a neck cream, it works, but it’s not the best, moisturizing neck cream I have used. The ingredients in this product are nice. It contains shea butter, beta-carotene, ubiquinone, and vitamin E, to name a few. It just didn’t live up to what it claims to do. I didn’t get any results from it but clogged pores and greasy skin.

The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%:

This serum has a watery texture that easily absorbs into the skin. It’s supposed to help with dynamic lines on the forehead and smile lines. I didn’t see any results using it. I loved how fast it absorbs and isn’t sticky on the skin, but it did nothing for me. I have one more bottle of the serum that I’m still trying to use up.

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50:

I was so happy when I finished a bottle of this sunscreen. It’s taking me forever to finish it up for many reasons. Honestly, I really don’t like this sunscreen. It smells awful, feels greasy and heavy on the skin, leaves an obvious white cast, clogs my pores, and is difficult to spread on the skin. I love that it’s 21.6% Zinc Oxide and is SPF 50, but I stopped using it on my face for the reasons mentioned. It feels very uncomfortable on the skin. I have one more bottle of this sunscreen and won’t repurchase it when I finish it. I don’t even know how I’m going to use the last bottle. Wish me luck!

The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5:

I’m done with The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5! This is my last bottle and I’m over it! It did NOTHING for my skin. It feels like I’m applying expensive water to my face. I will not repurchase. What a waste of money!

The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%:

I finished another bottle of The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% Ferulic Acid 3%. I don’t really hate this serum. It just didn’t work on my face. It’s too greasy and oily. It made me break out. I didn’t know I was breaking out from using it until I stopped using it. It was one of the many causes of my breakouts. But, I started using it on my body consistently instead. I really like it as a body serum. Not too bad. So I stopped using it on my face and kept using it on my body instead. I might keep using it for that reason. I have a few bottles left to test it out and see if I like it.

Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Orange:

I’ve been using this bb cream for years and finally finished my last bottle of the product. I noticed that I stopped getting breakouts from it after I started using my acne cream. This isn’t a bad bb cream. It’s one of my favorites, but it’s not like what it used to be. I love how it controls oil on my skin. I have very oily skin and this bb cream seems to work for my skin type. But, the one I received was much different. I have a sample of this bb cream and it seems to have a different texture compared to the full-size bottle that I just finished up. Maybe I received a fake? Maybe they changed the formula? I don’t know. I think it’s time to move on to something new…

Andalou Naturals Clear Skin Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Mask:

I haven’t talked about this product yet. I was going to, but I got really busy. So this is an exfoliating mask. I’ve been using it to just use it up, lol. It contains argan stem cells, grapefruit kombucha, pineapple, and papaya enzymes to exfoliate and dissolve dull, dry surface cells. It’s supposed to help unclog pores and help with breakouts. I didn’t see any results from this exfoliating mask. It was fun to use, but that’s about it. I wouldn’t waste my money on it again.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Face Sheer Tint:

Another product that I wished I didn’t stock up on, lol. It’s the CeraVe Hydrating Face Sheer Tint. This sunscreen product is awful on my skin. I was a dedicated user. In the end, it caused me to break out without realizing that it was one of the main causes of my breakouts. I even tried it again and noticed breakouts. What is it with CeraVe that causes my skin to dislike it so much? Since it causes acne, I’ve been trying to use it up, but it’s been a pain in the butt. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with acne-prone skin. Do a patch test first to see if you have any reactions to it. I wished I did.

Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++:

No more leftovers of this sunscreen! I finished them all!!!! It didn’t work for me at all. It dries out my skin, leaves my skin looking like plastic, and sun protection is poor (didn’t work for me). I noticed it making my skin look very aged. It must be the dryness or something. I tried using it with a moisturizer underneath. That didn’t work either. This sunscreen product is just not for me. Very overhyped for the price. Not worth it, in my opinion.

Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum:

I shouldn’t have bought so many of the Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum. It is a calming and soothing serum, but it didn’t do much for my facial skin. I’ve been using the rest of what I have. I’ve been very generous with it too. This serum sucks. I’m over it and just in the process of finishing them up and tossing them out, haha.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG:

I was going to keep The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG in my routine, but I never saw any true results with this eye serum. I just wanted it to work and kept using it. It feels pretty drying too even with moisturizer. I gave up on it. Here’s to another product that I’m trying to finish up. I think I have at least 1 more bottle of this serum left…

Eucerin Advanced Hydration SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray with Hyaluronic Acid + Humectants:

I’m not big on spray sunscreens but gave this one a shot. I thought it could work on my face. The sunscreen sprayed out nicely and was very easy to use, but it felt and looked greasy on my skin. It burned my eyes. It has a strong sunscreen smell to it. This would work better as a body sunscreen than a sunscreen for the face. Since it’s alcohol-free, it feels greasy as mentioned. I was hoping that it would work on my facial skin. Oh well. Moving on…

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+:

I finally finished my last tube of this sunscreen stick. It’s not for me. It’s greasy and oily. It gets everywhere. It feels sticky on the skin. I just didn’t like it. I can’t imagine using this on a daily basis. Maybe if I’m at the beach but there are so many options out there that I’m not even thinking about purchasing this sunscreen again.

Up & Up Sport Sunscreen Lip: Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 50:

This is my current lip balm with SPF 50. It’s cheap. lol, that’s the reason why I use it. I would love to switch over to a mineral-based sunscreen, but I haven’t found one that works for me. It is what it is. It’s a lip balm with SPF.

Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40:

I ran out of Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40! I’m not sure if I’m going to pick up some more. My current SPF product is working for me, and I just don’t feel like going to the store to get more, haha. But, this sunscreen is pretty decent. I wish the SPF was a little higher.

Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50:

I finished my second bottle of Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50. I don’t use this sunscreen on my facial skin. I use it around my eyes. It’s greasy on my face but works on the skin around my eyes and neck, so that’s what I use it for. I’m not even sure I’m going to stick with it. I have 2 more bottles left and just using it because it’s supposed to be a high UVA sunscreen. We’ll see if it works or not!

GUERISSON 9 Complex Cream:

I’m glad to be done with this cream. It didn’t do much for my skin. It’s a pretty heavy product. I honestly don’t care much for it. I almost forgot about it and decided to slather my body with it for weeks until the jar was empty. Wouldn’t purchase it again, to be honest.

Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50:

Another sunscreen that I finished. Coppertone Defend & Care Clear Zinc 50 smells like plastic and left a white cast on my skin. I used most of it on my body since my face hated it. It’s not a sunscreen that I would purchase again. It’s affordable, but I can’t stand using it. It wasn’t an enjoyable experience.

PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash (4%):

I was hoping that a benzoyl peroxide-based face wash would work instead of my current face wash. It didn’t work. PanOxyl did nothing for my skin. It didn’t even clean it well. I’m better off sticking to benzoyl peroxide topical treatments to target my acne-prone skin. This face wash may work for others, but it didn’t for me.

Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment:

Love this product. It cleared my skin after months of using it. I noticed results very early on (a few weeks). It sinks into the skin nicely and doesn’t leave residue behind. I love it. I’m currently using it in the morning to control sebum and prevent breakouts while using SPF. My sunscreens tend to be greasier and the acne treatment helps to decrease the grease on my face, haha. I finished one bottle of the acne treatment. Now I’m on to my second bottle! Wow, this stuff is amazing at fighting acne. I’m going to keep using it.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50:

I thought this would be my HG sunscreen, but I’m so over it. It’s a mineral sunscreen and I really wanted it to work. The texture of the sunscreen is very soft, smooth, and elegant. It’s easy to blend into the skin. It does leave a white cast on the skin, which I didn’t like. It’s a very noticeable white cast. I prefer a more moisturizing sunscreen that doesn’t leave my skin looking extremely white. This was just too much and noticeable. It’s quite embarrassing. I can’t go anywhere using this sunscreen. It’s hilarious, haha.

Aussie Total Miracle Conditioner with Apricot For Damage Hair:

I was able to finish the Aussie Conditioner (Apricot). Another brand that I’m over with. The conditioner didn’t do much for my hair. It feels like it’s moisturizing when I’m using it, but it left my hair looking frizzy and gross afterward. I didn’t like the results of it. I guess it’s affordable for a reason. Next…

Catch up on my skin care empties right here!

August Skin Care Empties! 

September Skin Care Empties 

November Skin Care Empties 

December Skin Care Empties 

More December Skin Care Empties!

January Skin Care Empties!

February Skin Care Empties

March & April Skin Care Empties!

My Hair Care Routine. Shampoo Update.

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Aussie Total Miracle 7-in-1 Shampoo

I have a new shampoo! I’m still using Aussie products due to having a good price point, and they work for my hair. I picked up the Aussie Total Miracle 7-in-1 Shampoo. I’m still using the Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner. I just wanted to try a different type of shampoo. It’s good to switch out shampoos for me. Just mix things up a bit. The Aussie Total Miracle is for damaged hair. It provides 7 benefits: Strengthening against damage, softness, split-end protection, moisture, humidity control, shine, and smoothing. It contains apricot and Australian macadamia oil. That actually sounds wayyyyy better than the Miracle Moist. With the Miracle Moist, I wanted products that would moisturize my hair even more. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Let’s see what the Total Miracle 7-in-1 Shampoo can do to my hair!

I’ve used the Aussie Total Miracle 7-in-1 Shampoo for over a week already. This shampoo has a fruity, orangey smell to it. Apricots I’m guessing? That’s what’s in it. The shampoo comes in a 900 mL (30.4 fl. oz.) bottle just like my previous shampoo (Miracle Moist). From my experience using it so far, I find that this shampoo is so much easier to lather up. It has the same surfactants as the Miracle Moist (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine). It just felt different using it for some reason. It left my hair feeling more moisturized too. It could be the macadamia oil in it. Perhaps it works better for my hair. My hair looked and felt more dense. It looked more volumized, fuller after use. I don’t see the point in going back to Miracle Moist after using the Total Miracle 7-in-1 Shampoo. It does it all. Even better. After 1 week of using this shampoo, it’s going way better than I thought!

I know I’m still using the Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner at the moment. I did purchase the Aussie Total Miracle 7-in-1 Conditioner too. I just have to finish what I have left of the Miracle Moist Conditioner before switching over. I hope it’s as good as the shampoo! The combination of the Total and Moist is working amazingly on my hair though! My hair feels clean without feeling stripped, moisturized, and so much fuller. I’m glad it worked out!

My Hair Care Routine + Reviews

My Hair Care Routine + Reviews

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Aussie Hair Care

Here’s my hair care routine! I thought I would switch things up a little bit. I’m such a skin care addict. Perhaps I could share my hair care routine instead! 🙂

I’m a pretty simple person when it comes to hair care products nowadays. I used to use a ton of salon hair care products. I stopped using them. Not because they were bad products. I ran out, and I just didn’t feel like buying/paying that much for shampoo, conditioner, plus other hair products. The $$$ just added up. I loved the results, but I didn’t love how it put a dent in my wallet. Also, I didn’t think it was necessary for my hair type. I have long, straight hair. It’s extremely easy to maintain. All I have to do is comb my hair and detangle it in the morning (if there are any tangles). So, it’s not high maintenance. I’ve been trying to keep my hair care routine low-maintenance as much as possible. No bangs or coloring my hair. Bangs are freaking cute, but they require daily maintenance. I have to style my hair for them to look presentable. I just can’t keep up with that anymore. I colored my hair a few years ago too, and it was exhausting to keep up. I’m glad the color grew out. I’m going to stick to my natural hair color from now on. In other words, I have no intentions in changing my hair color any time soon. I’m happy where it’s at.

What shampoo and conditioner am I using?

For shampoo and conditioner, I’m using the same brand each. It’s the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner (see photo above). Both of these hair care products are for dry hair. I started using them because I was able to get them for under 5 bucks. 😁 lol. They’re both 30.4 fl. oz. (900 mL) bottles. So they come in large bottles that could last possibly a lifetime. I’m just kidding. They seem to last for months though. This is my second time purchasing the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner this year. Here are my thoughts on them…

The Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner are decent hair care products. The shampoo contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Some people might not like this. I used to avoid shampoos with SLS and SLES too. Turns out I can use some hair care product with SLS and SLES. It depends on the product. With this shampoo and conditioner, it hasn’t bothered my scalp and hair one bit. I haven’t had any type of irritation, itchiness, dryness, hair breakage. My hair is literally down my back and healthy. For someone else, it may be different. So the shampoo lathers up and cleanses my scalp thoroughly. I’m not left with residue or an itchy, dry scalp afterwards. The shampoo worked for me. It didn’t dry out my hair. It could be more moisturizing, but it’s not too bad. It works. It does the job. As for the conditioner, it helps to detangle and moisturize my hair nicely. I didn’t think it was the best at moisturizing my hair compared to other hair care products I’ve used. But, just like the shampoo, it’s not too bad. I have no complaints besides wishing that it was more moisturizing since it’s called ‘Miracle Moist’.

My experience with the Aussie shampoo and conditioner was good. I mean, I’m not wowed by the results, but it did what it’s supposed to do. And that is, cleanse and condition my hair. At least it didn’t dry out my hair or make it shed. For my hair type, it works. Will I purchase it again? Most likely. As I mentioned earlier, this is my second time purchasing the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner. Overall, if you’re on a budget and have hair that isn’t too picky, this may be a good choice.

Other hair care products I’m using…

I have a few hair care products I’m using. More like trying to finish. I’ve had these for a while. Not sure why I stopped using them. I must’ve forgotten about them. I was moving out my belongings and ta-da! They’re back! I started using them again to finish them up. They are…

Pantene Gold Series Leave-on Detangling Milk:

This product is a leave-on detangling lotion. It comes in a pump bottle, which is very convenient. The texture of the lotion is soft and creamy. It’s infused with argan oil. Argan oil is the 3rd ingredient on the ingredient list. It helps to detangle hair and moisturize it. It helps to tame frizzy hair too, especially at the ends. It softens and smooths out the hair. But, this product left my hair feeling coated with silicones. It’s not lightweight enough for me. My hair ends up feeling like straw. Also, it contains an overpowering fragrance (smells sweet). I’m not a fan of it. It’s way too strong for my liking. I won’t purchase it again once I finish it.

Renpure Solutions Coconut & Argan Oil Styling Creme:

Renpure is a styling cream. This product also comes in a pump bottle. It contains coconut, argan, and marula oil. It’s supposed to repair and hydrate dry, tired, and frizzy hair. Also, to help prevent damage from heated styling tools. I purchased it to use before styling my hair with heat styling tools to prevent damage. From my experience using it, I prefer it over the Pantene product I’m using. Pantene can be used as a ‘prep for styling’ as well. That’s what it says on their website. But, I prefer using Renpure for that purpose. Sometimes I apply both together. Renpure leaves my hair moisturized without feeling heavy. I’m not sure if I would purchase it again. Maybe I’ll try something else to mix it up a bit. I’ve been using this product for a while.

Pantene Renpure Hair Care

That’s all I’m using at the moment. Maybe I’ll switch out products or add new, different products in the near future. This is it for now. ♥️

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